INDIKAAP was founded in 2015 by Michele Mistry, who craved the food culture she grew up with and didn’t see reflected in the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town in the Western Cape South Africa.
Michele Mistry is an Ayurvedic Nutritionist and home chef. Her knowledge and experience in the fields of Arts & Design and Communication Science, has primed her to create solutions to problems we face in our contemporary lifestyle.
Her food philosophy is simple:
“Food is an allegory, a poem.
It is the concrete manifestation of lifetimes of experiences, cultural heritage, knowledge and adaptation. It is our story retold through our senses of taste, sound, sight, smell, touch and intuition.
It has the power to heal, integrate and transform. .
Communities are built around a fire and a pot.”
Michele has collaborated with urban farmers, using their organic produce to create meals that were sought after at artisanal organic markets. To the delight of her patrons, food was served in stainless steel bowls and thalis. Michele aimed to reduce plastic packaging from her food making process and uses tiffins (stainless steel lunchboxes) in her delivery.
Her food remains, simple and wholesome. She uses Ayurvedic principles in her cooking to balance the doshas, creating a sense of wellbeing that people who eat her food sense, yet may not fully understand.